Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 17....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Day 17...
Well this is blowing by....and I'm behind on my final stitching. I have to get done a project in the next three days for my most wonderful friend at work ~ Ann. She's been a true blessing to my life, we've known each other for only 8 years but I love her with all my heart. Here she is with Ellie on her First Communion Day, she made the dress for Ellie that she is wearing. 


So I've got to hurry up and get my laundry folded and put away and my house straightened and then sit and stitch this afternoon on Ann's gift :)

Today...
I'm sharing with you an ornament from this years 2014 Just Ornament Cross Stitch Magazine. Its been highly popular and has been popping up all over blogland. 

"Faith"
by Niky's Creations
stitched on 32 ct. Mocha using DMC
I used the pale gray color used in the design for the cording 
and added a big rusty jingle bell in the middle. 
Faith_Niky's Creations

This ornament proclaims something that is very important in my life and in the lives of my little family. Some days I don't know how I would get along without my faith. I'm one of those people that have been blessed from cradle and all through my life with faith. I was blessed to be born into a family that passed on faith and the traditions that go along with the particular religion I prescribe to. I hope that I am doing adequate job at passing on those same traditions and faith that was instilled in me to my own children. I've never once have fallen away in my faith walk ~ but I'm no where close to what a true ideal or model Christian is. But I try awful hard and I hope someday when I'm standing face to face with God, he'll know in my heart, I tried very hard and failed every day but I tried. 

During the season of Advent...
Catholics are charged to make their confession to "Prepare the Way" for the coming of our Lord. So tonight my family and I will travel to a neighboring parish that is holding a Penance Service. Confession is a strange thing to many and misunderstood by many non-Catholics ~ I am inadequate in having the words to share with you about it as it a beautiful gift, really. People interested may read more about it: HERE 

So tonight...
I'll be cleaning my soul of all my many transgressions and I'll be praying for each one of you ~  known to me and unknown to me ~ for your needs known only by God himself.

Until tomorrow...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always!
:)

Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

37 comments:

  1. Another beautiful ornament Vonna ! Hope you get your stitching finished !

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  2. Todays post is just so nice. I love the Faith ornament! Without our Faith what is there? I always say it doesn't seem like Christmas until we go to Mass on Christmas Eve. the Church is always so beautiful and the music is outstanding. You are doing such a great job with your children and raising them in the catholic faith! I am blessed to be able to call you my friend and thankful for all the prayers and advice in my time of need..

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  3. Beautiful ornament and beautiful tradition. Perhaps if each of us practiced building up our neighbors instead of tearing them down the world would be a better place

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  4. Your post today was an inspiration. I agree with Samplings. We need to love our neighbors and treat them as we would want to be treated. If we all followed that one commandment the world would be such a better place. Love your ornament.

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  5. Such a glorious ornament and on my to do list. God be with you and your family. Wishing you many blessings.

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  6. I guess I missed that ornament - LOVE IT and your finishing is as always so creative. I don't know if I ever mentioned that I went to parochial school and my fathers side of the family is Catholic - my husband went to the same school and his grandmother was a very devout Catholic with German heritage. I am somewhat familiar with your traditions even though I am not a Catholic. I respect and admire your devotion to your faith. I hope you are blessed by the penance ceremony. Mel

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  7. Lovely ornament!

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  8. Love your ornament! The grey cording makes it along with the rusty bell. I'll give this ornament a second look and put it on my to do list. I love reading all the blogs especially this time of year as I love ornaments. Thanks for sharing. Thanks, too, for your finishing tutorials. I have used several of them and love the results. A big favorite is the tag ornament.

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  9. You have a beautiful heart, Vonna, and your faith shines in everything you do. Your family, work, and many friendships certainly attest to that faith. God is good and he has certainly blessed you many, many times over! Merry Christmas, dear heart...

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  10. Your ornament is beautiful. It is always nice when we can wonderful people to share our lives with. I hope you are able to finish your gift. Although I was raised Catholic and even attended Catholic school for awhile, I am unfamiliar with some of the traditions you mention. Thank you for raising my awareness.

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  11. Thank you so much for all you do to lift our spirits. I'm thanking you for the prayers - certainly could use them this year. I always pray for others but this year I am asking for strength.

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  12. As always, I love your posts. They are always inspiring and heart-warming. Please be sure to post a pic of your gift for Ann; I love to see what you are making. Thanks for sharing, and I pray that you continue to be Spirit-filled each and every day.

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  13. This is the same ornie I have just stitched for an exchange with my good friend Tracy! Love it. x

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  14. Love it, Vonna. And I'm glad you post the information for us to read and understand. I always wondered about the practice of Confession. Can't wait until tomorrow.

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  15. Another pretty ornament. I bet you are making a lovely gift for Ann.
    Enjoy the church service tonight.

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  16. I love that ornament. I plan to stitch it myself.
    I am Christian Orthodox, so I am familiar with confession. I confessed to our priest weekly. It does truly bless us, doesn't it? I am so glad to read you will all be together in attendance.

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  17. I love your pretty ornament! So sweet!
    As a fellow Catholic, I agree with you about confession. Our penance service is tonight!
    I love Christmas Eve Masses--the flowers are gorgeous and the music is beautiful! (I am the organist!!! LOL!) But, it's my favorite time of the year! Blessings to you

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  18. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful friend in Ann and I know that she must feel just as blessed. I hope you share a picture of your gift to her too. The "Faith" ornament is really lovely - it's on my list of 'must stitch" too.

    I'd like to thank Samplings, too, for the reminder to "love thy neighbor". Thank you, Vonna, for sharing another uplifting , joyous posting today.

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  19. Really pretty finish on this piece. I did it into a pillow and gave it as a gift to a friend fighting cancer. I will probably do another one for me. I really like this piece. Have fun stitching this afternoon.

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  20. I am Lutheran but a dear friend I met today was headed to a Penance Service. I'm certain you are passing great things on to your children! I taught for 30 years and always prayed that I was helping the students, just maybe making a difference for one child.

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  21. Bless you my friend!! Your love of family, your love of faith and your friendship to all of us is heartwarming to the soul!! Your children and your husband are truly blessed. Your parent's raised a wonderful daughter!!

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  22. Pretty ornament finish. I may have to stitch that one.

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  23. Love the Faith ornament Vonna! It is on my stitch list as well. Friends are such an incredible blessing and your love for Ann shines through (I remember reading about your friendship with Ann when Ellie was having First Communion).

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  24. I'm working on gifts this evening as well. Such joy in giving a homemade gift to someone special like your friend Ann. I'm sure she will cherish it dearly. This piece is so sweet especially the little rusty bell. I looked at this issue and wasn't jazzed about the selection but I may need to revisit it...Many blessings to you and your family!

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  25. Thank you for the prayers; it's been a tough year. I'm looking forward to making 2015 a good one. That ornament design is popular alright. I really like the big rusty bell you've added. I'm sure your friend will love what you've made her. You certainly have the gift of creating!

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  26. Beautiful ornament! Hope you got the present done for your dear friend.

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  27. You are blessed to have Ann as a close friend. Your Faith ornament is beautiful and very meaningful. I have this magazine and don't know how I missed this one! I am adding it to my to-do list.
    Carolyn

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  28. A lovely ornament Vonna and an uplifting post altogether.Your faith shines through every time.

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  29. I am also stitching on a couple of ornaments for gifts still. Enjoyed your post and yes our faith helps so much to get thought each day.
    hugs to all of you

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  30. Fabulous ornament! Thank you for the prayers..blessings to you as you go about your day

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  31. What a beautiful ornament Vonna and what a blessing your friendship with Ann is.

    I have just caught up with your posts as I'm a little behind on blogs and each and every post is wonderful. I do enjoy seeing your days of Christmas each year. I do know what you mean thought about blogging being less popular and I think it is such a shame. I'd much rather blog than do Instagram. Blogging is more personal and I love it!

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  32. That is probably my favorite ornament of this years JCS issue and yours if stitched and finished so beautifully, Vonna. Faith keeps us going even through the hardest of times, doesn't it?

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  33. A beautiful word stitched into a beautiful ornament. Faith moves me to go on each day with the promise of eternal life.

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  34. Lovely ornament and a beautiful post xx

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  35. Beautiful ornament! Faith is very important and this world could use a lot more of it :)

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  36. Very pretty and I love the bell. I was one of the winners of Nancy's Victorian Motto shop finishing trims and I can't wait to try them on some finsihes!

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  37. That is one my favorite ornaments from the magazine too! Nicely done! Merry Christmas!

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